"This is a major reopening of economic and social activity", Cuomo said.
New Jersey is allowing venues that hold 1,000 people or more to increase capacity to 30 percent with six feet of distance between groups.
Tables in a restaurant, for example, must continue to be spaced 6 feet apart. The governor added that some businesses may also implement capacity restrictions of their own.
If all attendees are fully vaccinated or can show recent proof of a negative COVID-19 test, the distance requirement is waived. So a restaurant or business could choose to test all customers or require vaccines and have people closer together.
Gov. Cuomo lifted restrictions beginning May 19.
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Henry said doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine are expected next week, making it the fourth vaccine available in B.C. Data showed the number of hospitalizations appeared to be plateauing but at a high level with 484 people in hospital.
In addition, all vaccine providers are encouraged to allow walk-in appointments for eligible New Yorkers. The indoor social gathering limit rises to 250 people on May 19, up from 100.
Those limits apply to a range of events including weddings and other celebrations, receptions and parties. It will also apply in houses of worship.
In New York, the curfew at outdoor dining ends May 17 and the curfew for indoor dining will be lifted May 31.
Along with the end of the curfew, Cuomo said 24-hour subway service will resume in New York City starting May 17.
Some businesses are welcome to opt to keep capacity restrictions, but from the state level, those restrictions will be nearly entirely repealed, Cuomo said. The six-foot social distancing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will remain in effect at these places, which could still limit capacity depending on the space available.
Large indoor arenas with 1,500 seats and up will also continue to have a capacity limit.